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Karachiites go to SC against SHC decision apropos Shahzeb Murder Case retrial!

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KARACHI: Members of the civil society converged today at KPC to announce that they were going to SC against LHC decision whereby terror charges were removed against Shahrukh Jatoi facilitating the culprits walk free after bails. 

Appellants   – Muhammad  Jibran  Nasir,  Jamshed  Raza  Mahmood,  Afiya Shehrbano  Zia,  Naeem  Sadiq,  Nazim Fida  Hussain  Haji,  Karamat  Ali,  Zulfiqar  Shah,  Aquila Ismail,  Fahim  Zaman  Khan,  and  Naziha  Syed  Ali – held:
“We the  petitioners  like  all  other  residents  of  Karachi  have  been  deeply  affected  and  aggrieved  by Judgment of  the  Honorable  Sindh  High  Court  of  28.11.2017  whereby  terror  charges  were removed  against  Shahrukh Jatoi  and three  others in the  case  of  killing  of  youth  Shahzeb Khan, an incident which had horrified and affected all  of  us.
“It  is astonishing  that  a  retrial has been  ordered in  the  case  where  the  trial  had  been  concluded  four  and  half  years  ago.  The  sole  reasoning  given by  the  Honorable  High  Court  is  that  motive  of  killing  Shahzeb  Khan  was  personal  enmity.  Since then, all  accused have  been released on bail.
“This  decision  of  the  Honorable  High  Court  is  specially  of  concern  given  that  another  Divisional Bench  had  already  noted  in  2013  in  this  very  case  that  the  killing  of  Shahzeb  Khan  had  “created a  sense  of  helplessness and insecurity  amongst the  people of  Defence/Clifton”  as  keeping in view the  manner  in  which  the  murder  was  carried  out  which  involved  a  car  chase  and  shoot  out  on  a public  road  in  a  densely  populated  area  of  DHA.
“Furthermore,  not  only  has  the  Honorable  High Court  set  a  poor  precedent  by  overturning  decision  of  a  bench  of  the  same  size  in  the  same  case on  the  same  issue  but  has  also  failed  to  consider  various  judgments  of  the  Supreme  Court  which have  well  established  that  it  is  not  only  the  reason  for  murdering  someone  but  also  the  design, manner and  circumstances in  which the  murder was done  which  determines terrorism.
“In  any  criminal  case  the  primary  responsibility  of  prosecuting  a  criminal  is  that  of  the  State.  It was  very troubling  but  not  surprising  to  note  that  the  State  abdicated  its  legal  and  moral responsibilities  as  the Prosecutor  General  conceded  to  the  case  of  the  accused  persons  in  this case  and  consented  to  the  Judgment of  the  Sindh  High  Court.
“Furthermore,  for  reasons  unknown to  us  the  family  and  legal  heirs  of  Shahzeb  Khan  have  also  pardoned the  accused.
“However,  we believe  that  if  justice  is  a  mutual  concern  for  all  members  of  society  then  its  pursuit  should also be  a  collective  responsibility  specially  when  the  crime  has  not  only  resulted  in  a  personal  loss  to the family  of  the  deceased  but  affected  the  entire  society  striking  panic,  fear,  sensation, insecurity  and terror.
“It  is  because  of  inconsistent  application  of  laws  and  meddling  of  power  and  influence  in investigation  and  prosecution  of  criminal  cases  including  those  related  to  terrorism  that  such horrifying  acts  continue  to  take  place  in  society  where  killers  roam  around  with  impunity creating  a  mockery  of our laws and justice  system  continuing  to terrorize  citizens.
“Accordingly,  we  have  today  filed  an  appeal  before  the  Honorable  Supreme  Court  against Judgment  of  the  Honorable  Sindh  High  Court  of  28.11.2017  and  as  part  of  which  appeal  we  have also  prayed  that  operation  of  the  said  Judgment  should  be  suspended,  and  all  four  accused including  Sharukh  Jatoi  should be  arrested and taken in judicial custody.
“It  is  our  moral  and  constitutional  duty  to  not  allow  our  criminal  justice  system  to  be  reduced  to  a private  dispute  settlement  system  and  ensure  deterrence  and  protection  against  such  crimes through strict implementation of  the laws in letter  and spirit”.

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Zainab’s killer hanged to death

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Zainab's killer hanged to death

LAHORE: Imran Ali, the convicted of molesting and murdering seven-year-old Zainab Amin of Kasur City, was hanged to death at Central Jail Kot Lakhpat in Lahore early this morning.

An Anti-Terrorism Court Judge, Sajjad Ahmad on Friday had issued black warrants for Imran Ali. An Anti-Terrorism Court on February 2, had awarded death sentence to Imran Ali, on the charges of kidnapping, rape and brutal murder of Zainab Amin of Kasur after completing the trial in a record seven days time.

He was executed in the presence of Magistrate Adil Sarwar and the Zainab’s father, Muhammad Amin Ansari. Talking to media on the occasion, the father of Zainab, Muhammad Amin said that such kind of criminals should be hanged publicly for giving a lesson to all such evil minds.

Later, the dead body of Imran Ali was handed over to his heirs after completing formal legal proceeding.

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Land Grabbing: Mansha Khokhar arrested!

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ISLAMABAD: Islamabad Secretariat Police today arrested an absconding suspect Mansha Khokhar alias Mansha Bomb from premises of Supreme Court as he was wanted in land grabbing cases.
According to the source, he came to the court and wanted to surrender himself before the court.  He also demanded to meet Chief Justice, the source said adding that Mansha and his sons are accused of illegally grabbing land in Lahore’s Johar Town area.
It is to mention that Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Saqib Nisar had ordered immediate arrest of the alleged land grabber last month, however, he was absconding since then.
The source said that he had been shifted to Secretariat Police Station by its SHO and further legal proceedings will be initiated against them. He may be handed over to Punjab police, the source maintained.

 

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14 killed in bomb attack on Afghan election rally!

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KUNDUZ: A motorcycle carrying explosives blew up among supporters of an Afghan election candidate on Saturday, killing at least 14 people, officials said, in the latest attack on a political rally.
Violence related to the parliamentary vote has killed or wounded hundreds of people in recent months and more militant attacks are expected ahead of Afghanistan’s October 20 poll. More than 30 people were wounded in the explosion in the northeastern province of Takhar where candidate Nazifa Yousefibek had been campaigning, provincial governor spokesman Mohammad Jawad Hejri told the Media. Interior ministry deputy spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said most of the 14 killed were civilians.
“The explosives were placed in a motorcycle and detonated behind a tent where Nazifa Yousefibek was campaigning,” Rahimi said.  Yousefibek was not hurt in the blast. No group has claimed responsibility.  Ambulances have been sent to the remote district of Rustaq where the attack happened, but officials also are seeking to airlift the wounded to hospitals, Hejri said.
Khan Jan, who told AFP he saw the explosion, said there had been a powerful blast and “a lot of people” had been killed. More than 2,500 candidates are contesting the long-delayed legislative elections.  At least nine candidates have died so far, most of them in targeted killings, according to the Independent Election Commission.  A candidate was among eight people killed in a suicide attack in the southern province of Helmand – a Taliban stronghold – on October 9. No group has claimed responsibility.  That incident came a day after the Taliban warned candidates to pull out of the “bogus” election, describing it as a “malicious American conspiracy”.
The group vowed to attack the ballot and those involved in it. An attack on a rally in the eastern province of Nangarhar on October 2 killed 13 people and wounded more than 40. The Islamic State group claimed the attack, which the candidate survived. Violence had been expected to escalate ahead of the poll. Preparations for the ballot, which is a test run for next year’s presidential vote, have been in turmoil for months and there has been a debate about whether the vote should go ahead.
Bureaucratic inefficiency, allegations of industrial-scale fraud and an eleventh-hour pledge for biometric verification of voters threaten to derail the process, which is three years late. Some 54,000 members of Afghanistan’s beleaguered security forces will be responsible for protecting more than 5,000 polling centers on election day. But there are concerns over how they will manage as the Taliban and the Islamic State group step up attacks across the country.

 

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